End of an era: Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Queen Elizabeth II presents the World Cup to England captain Bobby Moore at Wembley Stadium on 30th July 1966.

H&D readers will have been saddened to learn this evening of the death of the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Saddened not because there is anything tragic or shocking about a 96-year-old lady dying – but because for all of us she represented part of our heritage: one of the last reminders of a different nation.

Now is not the time for detailed political and constitutional discussion, nor for speculation as to whether the monarch could realistically have done anything to prevent some of the disastrous policy decisions made by governments of different parties during her reign.

But we can all wish King Charles III well, and hope that he presides over a very different, revitalised political scene in the years to come.

The Queen at Fulwood Barracks, near the H&D office in Preston, Lancashire, in 1979.

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